Manx Museum

Manx Museum, Douglas: Hours, Address, Manx Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Manx Museum
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
From Viking treasure finds, natural wonders of the world, the famous TT Races and wartime internment – you’ll find something to appeal to everyone at the Manx Museum.The museum has plenty of interactive displays, films and a wide range of exhibits which will help you uncover the Isle of Man’s history and heritage.Make a beeline for the Manx Museum early on in your visit as it’s a great starting point if you are looking to explore the Island’s heritage attractions. The National Art Gallery in the museum contains work from a number of famous artists including Archibald Knox, William Hoggat and John Miller Nicholson and there’s also a national library and well stocked archives for those visitors keen to explore the Island’s history further.There is also tearoom and gift shop located within the museum. NB. Library & Archives Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am – 4.30pm
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Nicholas D
Larne, UK929 contributions
Aug 2021
The Manx Museum is the place to be if you want to learn about the history of the Isle of Man or if you want to get out of the rain for a couple of hours. The free museum is full of exhibitions of the past of the Isle of Man including an impressive Art Gallery, history of the vikings on the Isle of Man, the famous Isle of Man TT Race, Nature on the island and much much more. There is a lot of material and you can quite easily be overwhelmed by the shear amount of information that has been gathered to create this Museum but it is well worth a visit while on the island and you can even stop and reflect in the Bay Room Cafe afterwards.
Written August 21, 2021
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HUNTINGPARTY
Sevenoaks, UK490 contributions
Jul 2021
Rain was forecast so we designated a museum day. The Manx museum is excellent. Staff are friendly (as was everyone we come into contact with) and pointed us through into the exhibits.
I was a bit thrown at first because the early rooms are an art gallery showcasing Manx artists. We moved through quickly due to time constraints but I would like to go back sometime to look at the art in more depth.
The layout of the museum after that was more traditional and showcased the story of Man and the archeological finds made on the island.
Informative and enjoyable.
Written August 1, 2021
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LynnK21
Warwickshire, UK226 contributions
Aug 2021
This is brilliant. We spent a few hours in there and still hadn’t seen anything. So much to see. Lot of history of the island which was fascinating. Also impressed by some of the finds from Viking times - coins and jewellery. It’s quite a traditional museum - which I like - a lot to read more than a lot of interactive exhibits so younger children might find parts of it boring.

Lovely gift shop selling good quality local products. Also a cafe.

Would be good if raining but worth a visit when it’s not too
Written September 1, 2021
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Frqflier
Brooklyn, NY461 contributions
Jan 2020
A fellow hotel guest wanted that the museum was a 'time suck' and I'd spend more time there than I planned. She was right. I watched the movie about the Isle of Man's history and it added a lot to the exhibits. Free admission.
Written January 20, 2020
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Alanthebairn
Falkirk, UK868 contributions
Aug 2021
The museum has an interesting and varied collection which covers the history of the Isle of Man from prehistoric times right up to modern times.

Exhibits are well laid our and flow easily from room to room.

Well worth a visit and its free
Written August 22, 2021
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keebar
Rochdale, UK43 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
The Manx Museum is a lovely example of a well designed museum. The displays take you on a brilliant journey through history. The Celtic display is especially interesting with a small video of how a skull has been reconstucted to show what the Viking of Balladoole looked like. The standing stone display is wonderful as are the artifacts that have been found on the Island.
I have to give a great big thumbs up to the gentleman in the cafe for his delicious Manx broth and to all the museum staff for being so helpful and knowledgeable.
Written September 28, 2021
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World Traveller
London, UK397 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Spent an hour and half at this Museum just to pass some time away sheltering from the harsh cold storm and the bonus when we arrived was that's its Free Admission.

The place is your average sort of museum, going back many years telling the story of the Isle of Man and beyond with lots of relics plus interesting prehistoric memorabilia including short films and facts, their is also many sections on geology, medieval and the viking era with lots of fascinating facts.

It's open 10.am - 5.00 7 days a week.
Their is a cafe inside.

In conclusion it's an average museum with cafe telling you the story of the island and worth going to see on a wet day or just whilst planning your holiday.

Don't forget it's free and that's the bonus.
Written February 8, 2020
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William G L Corlett
Liverpool, UK190 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
This museum will be a good starting point to any visitors to the Isle of Man.
A great place to learn about the Islands
history set in many stages of the museum, from the Vilking/Celts to the holiday Island era before the cheap European package holidays and the Islands local ferry company through out the years.
There is a great sized cinema showing a good film which could of been better if it was played a little louder and the lights dimmed for a more atmospheric feel.
The Island should be proud to have this museum with its many displays and an amazing local wild life section to explore.
Written July 25, 2020
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PrestonGuild
United Kingdom54,030 contributions
May 2019
There was some work going on at the time of my visit. I had to use a temporary entrance.

It has been several years since my last visit. There has been a few new things added and the presentation of some exhibits has changed slightly.

It is still a worthwhile museum to go to. Free entrance and you get to learn a lot about the history of the Isle of Man. It is a cosmopolitan experience from history, racing, art to natural history.
Written February 27, 2020
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alexandra160
Burton upon Ttrent83 contributions
Mar 2020
We had never been to the I o M before and had little knowledge of the island and its people. We did find the venue a little difficult to locate and can advise that it is necessary to take the lift from the shopping street which is well marked with a brown sign then walk along the multi storie carpark and take another lift. From there it is only a few yards to walk to a lovely red brick building adting from the 1920s.
There are exibitions of military history, and of natural history including some fine examples of stuffed birds. further exhibitions detail ancient history, the holiday scene, and much more. There was a special exibition of clocks dating from 17th century which we found to be delightful and interesting.
On leaving we spoke to the shop/reception lady who was most helpful.
Although this is not ther biggest museum that we have ever visited it compares extremely well with bigger and better known museums anbd is a credit to the town of Douglas and the whole island
Written March 14, 2020
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